Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Bobby Noyce Strength Plan

Uncle Godfather Bobby Noyce & Landon
Two things I've learned:  (1) It's hard to keep up with a blog when you have a 10 week old baby, and (2) for some reason, my blog gets a lot of traffic from people googling "Bobby Noyce," so I'm going to exploit my brother's CrossFit notoriety and drop the Bobby Noyce name a bunch in this post.  Thanks, bro!

Coach Bobby Noyce is doing (a lot of) my programming these days.  (I don't always listen).  Following the B Noyce prescription means doing a lot of volume and picking up a lot of heavy shit often.  It's what he's done to get himself from a bodyweight metcon specialist to a pretty damn strong dude + metcon ninja, so I can't argue with his system.  Thursdays and Sundays off, and crush your body the other 5 days of the week.  Lucky for me, Landon loves napping at the gym, so it's not too hard to get in there and do work.

Under the Bobby Noyce plan, I've been lifting a lot more than I ever did before my pregnancy, especially olympic lifts.  I've got a ways to go to get to semi respectable (or at least non-pathetic) numbers on the CrossFit competition scene, but I'm making progress.

Thanks for the wod equipment, Jaime and
Bobby Noyce!

Some of my post-prego PRs:

Back Squat:  165# (pre-pg PR 175#)
Deadlift:  275# (pre-pg PR 305#)
Front Squat:  145# (pre-pg PR 170#)
Squat Clean & Jerk:  135# (pre-pg PR 145#)
Squat Snatch:  105# (pre-pg PR 110#)

Ramping back up after my pregnancy was more difficult than I expected at first, but I feel like I've progressed quickly.  Long, light workouts are still a challenge (i.e. I did Filthy Fifty 2 weeks ago in 23:34; PR is 19:08), but that's what I was good at before my pregnancy so I think that endurance will come back without me putting too much focus there.  Most excitingly, I did my first post-pregnancy muscle up today!  Muscle ups stopped happening about half way through the pregnancy, and getting up on top of the rings for the first time in 8 months felt damn good.  Fun way to celebrate Landon's 10 week birthday!    

Bobby Noyce's nephew

I haven't cared much about where my weight is at post-baby, but I was a little excited when the scale said under 130# this morning (129.6# to be exact).  (I was somewhere around 126-128# before I got pregnant.)  Bobby Noyce wasn't too excited about that. He is determined to beef me up before the 2013 CrossFit Games season rolls around and will probably start sneaking creatine in my water bottle.

Bobby Noyce.